A New Racket at Burgundy
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering coed tennis as a new sport at Burgundy this spring. All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will be invited to join the tennis team and learn how to play a great lifetime sport. Bethany McCoy, Burgundy’s athletic director and Middle School P.E. teacher, coached men’s and women’s tennis for five years at the high school level.
Coach Bethany shared, “I am so excited to bring tennis to Burgundy and hope that students will embrace the active lifestyle that tennis promotes and an appreciation for a sport that emphasizes mental grit and toughness.”
Sophia Simpkins, a 6th grader who’s already an avid tennis player, will be joining the team. “I enjoy tennis because it can be a team sport, but you can also play alone. It takes a lot of energy, but you feel very accomplished afterward,” she said. “I've been playing tennis for a majority of my life and have loved it the entire time. I think that it would be a great learning experience for many of the kids at Burgundy, and I think that many people would enjoy playing the sport.”
Tennis is unique in its very specific etiquette and scoring system, including an honor system in which players act as their own referees. We look forward to exploring this new opportunity with our Middle School students! Tennis practice started this week, and the first scheduled match is Tuesday, April 24, 3:45 p.m. against Green Hedges, playing away at Wolf Trails Park in Vienna.
Boys’ lacrosse also returns this spring, with coaches Jeff Sindler and Jamie Dorrier. The opening game is away against Jeff’s former school in Baltimore, St. Ignatius, on Friday, April 13, at 3:45 p.m.